First time posting, long time knitter. I have been knitting for years but I stay to the fairly easy stuff and have not finished a project that I designed myself yet. So, I am kind of a novice when it comes to pattern designing but can follow most patterns without an issue.
My sister picked up some Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino (dk weight) 125m/50g. She'd like me to make a pattern for her baby (due in August). The label recommends a US #3 needle.
My first question is I heard somewhere that you should not go up or down but one needle size from the recommended needle size for your weight or you won't show off your yarn well in the finished project. Is this true? I have found lots of blanket patterns but they all call for larger needles, like 7, 8, 10, 15 etc.
I am looking for an straight forward (easy) baby blanket pattern. I'd like a pattern that does not have any holes for small fingers to get stuck in.
Should I stick with size 3 needles and just pick a stitch pattern and repeat it until I get the right dimensions? Plus, add stiches to the side for border?